The goal is to run out of
pages in your passport.
The specific documents required for travel can vary depending on your destination, your citizenship, and the purpose of your trip. However, here is a list of commonly required documents for international travel curated by our All World Travel Advisors.
A valid passport is typically required for international travel. Ensure that your passport is not expired and has enough blank pages for visas and entry/exit stamps. Many destinations will require that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to arrival. Expiring passports should be addressed well in advance of traveling.
Visa: Some countries require a visa for entry, and the type of visa you need (tourist, business, student, etc.) depends on the purpose of your trip and the country you are visiting. Check with the embassy or consulate of your destination country to determine if a visa is required and the application process.
Travel Itinerary: This includes flight or train tickets, hotel reservations, and any other transportation bookings that prove your intended travel plans.
Travel Insurance: While not always mandatory, travel insurance is highly recommended to cover unexpected medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
ID Card: A government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver’s license, is needed when traveling domestically or when requested by authorities during international travel.
Proof of Vaccinations: Some countries may require proof of vaccinations or specific health documentation, such as a yellow fever certificate, depending on your travel destination. This may be especially relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Customs Declarations: If you are carrying valuable items or significant quantities of goods, you may need to complete customs declarations upon arrival.
Travel Wallet or Organizer: Keep your documents, like your passport, visa, and ID, organized in a secure travel wallet or pouch.
Travel Authorization: In some cases, you might need additional travel authorizations or permits, such as a permit for wildlife exploration or specific regions.
International Driving Permit: If you plan to rent a car and drive in another country, an international driving permit may be necessary.
Children’s Documents: If you’re traveling with children, they may need their own passports and other documentation. Some countries also require consent from the non-accompanying parent.
Emergency Contact Information: It’s a good idea to carry contact information for your country’s embassy or consulate in the destination country in case of emergencies.
STEP: The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You can find the program here https://step.state.gov/
Remember that entry requirements can change, so it’s essential to check with your travel advisor, the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit and do so well in advance of your trip. It’s also a good practice to make copies of your essential documents and keep them separate from the originals or use digital copies stored securely in the cloud or on a secure device.